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Thursday, April 30, 2015

PUTTING ON YOUR NEW SELF

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”  Ephesians 4:22-24
            This is what the Apostle Paul meant when he said in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that we are a new creature when we receive salvation.  The old has passed away, behold all things become new.  We are to reject our previous lifestyle and embrace a new, godly one, fashioned by God Himself.  There is interesting imagery here in the words “put off” and “put on”.  It should be as if we are taking off a frayed set of clothes in favor of a new set.  Our former way of life offered much but delivered little.  Without spiritual eyesight we never saw that.  Now it has become plain to us.  The new self that God creates in us by His Holy Spirit guides us into all righteousness and holiness. 
            The world has no clue what they are missing out on.  If they knew they would be more interested; however, the ruler of this world, namely Satan, has clouded the minds of the unregenerate souls in his dominion so that they remain in their sin filled haze.  Even those who would be considered good by most standards fall far short of God’s glory and therefore are lost. 
            Our attitude is a manner of thinking, feeling, or behaving that reflects a state of mind or disposition.  God, through His Spirit, now influences our state of mind and disposition.  The world has absolutely nothing of any eternal value to offer us as believers.  We are to sell out to Christ for He sold out for us.  Christ is returning for us sooner rather than later.  Trim your lamps and be ready (Matthew 25:1-13).  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: 1) American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language. 2) Reformation Study Bible; Ephesians 4:22–24.